Our new CNN poll of potential Democratic voters nationwide shows that with 28% support Joe Biden continues to lead the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. That’s within the margin of error of our September and October polls.
Biden is ahead of Bernie Sanders (17%), Elizabeth Warren (14%) and Pete Buttigieg (11%). This is Buttigieg’s best CNN national poll to date. No other candidate is above 3%.
Here are a few other takeaways from the poll:
- Buttigieg’s gained 8 points among white voters, while only picking up 2 points among non-white voters. Overall, he has a wide racial gap in support: 17% among white voters and 4% among non-white voters.
- While the movement from our last poll (19%) to this poll (14%) for Warren is within the margin of error, our poll comes on top of a number of other polls indicating a downward trend in her polling.
- Our poll tested what would happen if all but the top four polling Democratic candidates dropped out of the primary. It turns out that the race would be relatively similar with Biden at 35%, Sanders at 23%, Warren at 20% and Buttigieg at 17%.
- Among all voters, just 46% say the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump is extremely or very important to their 2020 vote. Of all the issues asked of voters, the fewest said the impeachment inquiry was extremely or very important.
- We asked Americans to rate Trump on five qualities normally associated with being a successful president (e.g. can manage the government effectively). A majority on all five said those qualities did not apply to Trump.